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24 June 2010 @ 04:06 pm
one down, 6 to go…  

We’re doing something with this move that we always say we should do when we move: go through all the random piles of crap and extraneous boxes of paperwork and so on and so forth and getting rid of it before we move.

To that end, we have just emptied out the front bedroom in its entirety. It was probably the least full-of-crap-to-empty, because it’d been cleaned out recently to become a baby’s room, and then again to become a guest bedroom. We did find about a dozen 3-6 month costumes for Young Indiana, so now we have to change his clothes every fifteen minutes to make sure he’ll have the chance to wear them all. Besides that, though, we amalgamaged a bunch of (mostly baby) stuff from 6 or 7 boxes into 3, and emptied the crap out of nightstand drawers, which resulted in conversations like this:

“Should we be keeping these stainless steel screws/five thousand USB cords/unused modems/ancient installation CDs/etc?”
“Yeah, just in case.”
“Just in case of what?
*pause* “Ok, throw them away.”

The only thing left in there right now is a full-spectrum lightbulb which I need to remove when it cools down, because it belongs to me. Then I will close the door and only go back in there once, to clean it.

The down side of this bout of efficiency in the front bedroom, of course, is that the Back Forty looks rather like a tornado hit it. But that’s a problem for another day, because my goal is one room a day, and that’s done. *dusts hands*

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on June 24th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
Who's the pitcher and who's the keeper when it comes to "just in case" stuff?
kitmizkit on June 24th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
For that stuff, I was the pitcher and Ted the keeper. For the next room, who can say? :)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on June 24th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* I figured that was the case in this particular example.

. . . and I can certainly understand the possibility of a trade-off. I'm good at ruthlessly purging other people's stuff. My own? Not so much.
bookmobilerbookmobiler on June 24th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
Fair warning!
“Should we be keeping these stainless steel screws/five thousand USB cords/unused modems/ancient installation CDs/etc?”

From personal experience I can tell you that you'll need something from that drawer about an hour after it has permanently left your home.

On the other hand you should also find several things you thought you were out of, safely stored where you could find them when you needed them.

But only after you've bought more.
kitmizkit on June 24th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Fair warning!
The thrown-out things left the house more than an hour ago and we have not yet needed any of them. Furthermore, I'm pretty sure that we generally didn't know what was in those drawers anyway, and would have bought new screws or whatever as it was. :)
Kate Kirbykirbyk on June 24th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)

And now that you have an actual empty empty room, you can put finished boxes there, which makes packing up the rest of the house much more easy.

I should throw out half of the stuff in the boxes in my garage. The question is, which half?
irishkate: soapboxirishkate on June 24th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
One should never disregard the importance of a good screw
kitmizkit on June 24th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
I was so trying to avoid anything that sounded like a lead-in to that comment... :)
irishkate: tardisirishkate on June 24th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
It was inevitable. And then I am an engineer - I like to keep all these important things. It's why I needed a garage.

:innocent blink:
Geek of Weird Shit: sensualgows on June 24th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
AnimalGirlanimalgrl on June 24th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
My family is packing up to move as well. I wish we had done it when at least one of the kids were not mobile. Now at two and four they want to help... so everything takes much longer
SaffronRosesaffronrose on June 24th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Yay, full spectrum lights! I got FS Flourescent tubes for my kitchen in the Santa Cruz house when I needed to replace two tubes, and then had to go back to get two more, because the improvement was so great. Also had to replace the stained plastic covers. Oh, but there was the right light in that kitchen at last!